CRICKET played a big part in Australia Day festivities at Quirindi, Manilla and Narrabri.
Out at Narrabri, the Mayor’s XI took on – and triumphed over – the Indigenous XI in their annual Australian Day clash.
It was sweet revenge for mayor Conrad Bolton after the Indigenous side had claimed the silverware with a nine wicket win in last year’s fixture.
The Indigenous XI batted first but were bowled out for 69 in the 19th of their 20 overs.
Ashley Hynch was the top-scorer with 17 batting at 11, followed by wides (12) and Michael Knox (11).
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries showed he’s a pretty handy cricketer, claiming 2-6 from his two overs of medium pace.
Sadintha Perara also chimed in with 3-4 from two.
Perara started out behind the stumps but traded in the keeping gloves to roll the arm over.
The Mayor’s XI was relatively untroubled in the chase, passing the runs in the 15th over and batting on to reach 5-106 off their 20 overs.
RSL skipper Michael Miskle led the charge with the bat, making 20 at the top of the order.
Nathan Trindall also hit 18no and Jake Brayshaw 13 retired, while Humphries chipped in with eight before retiring.
The Indigenous side also gifted them 19 runs in wides.
Bolton, though, again failed to make a contribution with the bat.
For the second year in a row he was dismissed for a duck by councillor and Indigenous XI skipper Les Knox.
Last year it was a golden.
This year he faced three balls and was “pretty unlucky”, umpire Tony Meppem said, with Knox taking a blinder of a caught and bowled to get him.
Knox was the pick of the Indigenous bowlers with 2-3 from his two.
At Quirindi, the local association held its annual Super 8s Big Bash on Saturday and Sunday with young local side The Falcons prevailing over The Blumpkins in Sunday’s final.
The Falcons batted first and made 109 thanks to 33 from Kain Montague and an unbeaten 35 from Chris Saunders.
In reply, the Blumpkins were bowled out for 87.
As he was in the semi-final, Dave McVicar was their top-scorer with 38no but had little support.
Manilla was just a one-day affair and saw 10 teams battle it out for the Manilla Sevens honours.